Kia ora Whanau and Parents
Following on from the Prime Ministers message yesterday, we are now organising the return to school for all our students. Thank you again for your ongoing support in assisting teachers with our online learning programme.
As always the health and care of our students and staff is paramount we and will be adhering strictly to the Department of Health guidelines. We acknowledge there will be some anxiety around students returning to school during level 2. This is totally understandable, in saying that, we are excited about our students returning and assisting them back into their routines and normality of school life in a safe and nurturing environment.
Alert Level 2 Information
Here are the main points for Northcross:
· We are expecting all staff and students back at school in Level Two, starting on Monday 18 May.
· The only exception to this is those who are sick, if your child is sick – please keep them at home!
· Our school will be closed on Thursday 14 May (except for those children who attend school during alert level 3) and Friday 15 May, as we prepare the school to open on Monday 18 May.
· Students can obviously continue with their online learning on Thursday or Friday, this will happen without the immediate support of teachers who will be preparing for face to face learning.
· There will not be strict physical distancing, rather it is encouraged to distance where possible and we will focus on good hygiene practices, regular cleaning, and giving everyone “breathing space”.
· We will not be holding full school or team assemblies. Some of the larger populated, collaborative teaching spaces will have classes removed and re-situated. There will be no P.E involving physical contact or use of equipment unless it can be sanitised after use.
The most important things you can do are keep washing your hands, cough and sneeze safely, and keep surfaces clean, just as you have been at Alert Levels 3 and 4.
The significant changes for schools and early learning services, promoted by the Ministry of Health are :
Physical Distancing – Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. In an Alert level 2 school environment, this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, hand washing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There are situations where physical distancing is not possible. In these situations extra emphasis on hand washing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is very important.
Mass gatherings – educational facilities, and school transport are not considered mass gatherings because they are managed environments. This means there are no restrictions on numbers of people indoors or outside at schools and early learning services other than what other public health or health and safety measures require.
The exception is where people from outside the school may be attending, e.g. for a school production or school ball. In these examples and if a school is hiring out their hall or allowing community groups to use school facilities, the mass gathering rules will apply.
It is really important to keep our large bubble Covid free! Please refrain from using the main drive way into school. If you are coming into school please go directly to the office and sign in for contact tracing.
Due to the announcement made by the Prime Minister yesterday, our Level 3 children roll is now closed and even though I am aware many parents are looking to return to work this Thursday and Friday, we are unfortunately not in a position to receive any children at level 2 until Monday, as we need all this time to fully prepare staff and our school site, so that we have comprehensive procedures in place from Monday, when we return to full capacity.
There are no restrictions on groups of children and students mixing with others on site. Where practicable where groups/classes do mix – attendance should be recorded as it should if the composition of groups and classes change during the day.
Teachers/staff are not restricted to one group.
If you have a school device that you have been using during lock down, can you please send it back to school on Monday for cleaning. A reminder that all students should bring their own device on Monday, fully charged and ready for learning.
Your ongoing support is greatly supported.